- an extended mass of ice formed from snow falling and accumulating over the years and moving very slowly, either descending from high mountains, as in valley glaciers, or moving outward from centers of accumulation, as in continental glaciers.
Origin of glacier
Examples from the Web for glaciers
The glaciers are melting because snowfall is decreasing and temperatures are rising—bad news for wolverines.Who Will Save the Wolverine? Not the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
July 20, 2014
The route gives spectacular views of Copper River, as well as the surrounding mountains, glaciers, and wild flowers.America’s Best Summer Food Festivals
July 5, 2014
India and Pakistan will face a crisis as the glaciers that feed the Indus River shrink and disappear.
These glaciers store water during the rainy season and release it as runoff in the dry season.
Temperatures are rising, icecaps and glaciers are melting, and extreme weather is more frequent and intense.A Foreign-Policy Cheat Sheet for Obama
January 17, 2013
Mountains and glaciers may bar our progress, objected Hatteras.The Field of Ice
Their lips are sealed; their eyes are cold as glaciers, and often they drink deep.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
A strong wind with the flavor of glaciers was blowing straight from the pole.The Cold Snap
When the stars are out above the glaciers how serene the night is, how majestic!
Then, besides, you can actually hear the glaciers moving when you stand upon them.Rollo in Switzerland
- a slowly moving mass of ice originating from an accumulation of snow. It can either spread out from a central mass (continental glacier) or descend from a high valley (alpine glacier)
Word Origin and History for glaciers
1744, from French glacier, from Savoy dialect glacière "moving mass of ice," from Old French glace "ice," from Vulgar Latin glacia (cf. Old Provençal glassa, Italian ghiaccia), from Latin glacies (see glacial).
- A large mass of ice moving very slowly through a valley or spreading outward from a center. Glaciers form over many years from packed snow in areas where snow accumulates faster than it melts. A glacier is always moving, but when its forward edge melts faster than the ice behind it advances, the glacier as a whole shrinks backward.
A large mass of ice formed over many years that does not melt during the summer. Glaciers move slowly over an area of land such as a mountain valley.